Published Feb 17, 2011When South Carolinan beatmaker Toro y Moi (aka Chaz Bundick) released his Causers of This LP in 2010, he was quickly pegged as yet another chillwave act. However, as Bundick recently explained in an Exclaim! interview, he hopes his upcoming sophomore effort Underneath the Pine is seen as a move away from that genre tag.
"Before the labelling started or even came around, I was already trying to figure out a new sound for the record," he says of the new LP. "I've always wanted to keep changing and moving."
In efforts to stand apart from its predecessor, Underneath the Pine is an 11-track record that culls influence from the funk and imperfect sound quality of the '70s, as well as the cinematic scoring of composers such as Ennio Morricone and François de Roubaix.
"I really love everything about that time period," Bundick says. "And I'm a big fan of a lot of production in general from that time period."
The soft-spoken musician also describes the album as more personal. "I feel like I opened up to more things," he says, citing personal relationships as contributing to the enhanced intimacy. "It was a challenge but that means the process had some neat songwriting moments."
As previously reported, Toro Y Moi will take Underneath the Pine on the road for a North American tour beginning next month. Canadian dates include stops in Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal. You can view the entire schedule here.
The album itself drops February 22 on Carpark,